Dr Mary Whitby



Dr Mary Whitby

Lecturer in Classics

Research Interests

I teach Greek language and literature, in particular Homer, hexameter poetry and tragedy.  My research interests are in late antiquity, primarily poetry of the 4th-7th cc. AD.



Recent Publications

  • ‘Writing in Greek: classicism and compilation, interaction and transformation’, in Christopher Kelly (ed.) The Age of Theodosius II: Rethinking the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity, (CUP, Cambridge 2013) 195-218.

  • ‘A learned spiritual ladder: towards an interpretation of George of Pisidia’s hexameter poem On human life’, in K. Spanoudakis (ed.) Nonnus of Panopolis in Context (de Gruyter, Berlin and Boston 2014) 435-57.


Editorial work

  • General Editor (with Gillian Clark and Mark Humphries) of Translated Texts for Historians, Liverpool University Press, which focuses on texts in Latin, Greek, Syriac and other eastern languages from the period AD 300–800


Selected Publications

  • ‘The occasion of Paul the Silentiary’s Ekphrasis of S. Sophia’, CQ 35 (1985) 215–28
  • ‘From Moschus to Nonnus: the evolution of the Nonnian style’, in Neil Hopkinson (ed.), Studies in the Dionysiaca of Nonnus (Cambridge Philological Society Supplementary Volume 17, Cambridge 1994) 99–155
  • ‘The devil in disguise: the end of George of Pisidia’s Hexaemeron reconsidered’, JHS 115 (1995) 116–31
  • ‘Procopius’ Buildings, Book 1: a panegyrical perspective’, Antiquité Tardive 8 (2000) 45–57
  • ‘The St Polyeuktos epigram (AP 1.10): a literary perspective’, in Scott Johnson (ed.), Greek Literature in Late Antiquity: dynamism, didacticism, classicism (Ashgate 2006) 159–87
  • ‘The biblical past in John Malalas and the Paschal Chronicle’, in H. Amirav and B. ter Haar Romeny (eds), From Rome to Constantinople: studies in honour of Averil Cameron (Leiden 2007) 279–302
  • ‘The Cynegetica attributed to ps.-Oppian’, in J. Elsner, S. Harrison, S. Swain (eds.), Severan Culture (Cambridge 2007) 125–134
  • ‘The Bible Hellenized: “Eudocia’s” Homeric centos and Nonnus’ St John paraphrase’, in David Scourfield (ed.), Texts and Culture in Late Antiquity: inheritance, authority and change(Classical Press of Wales 2007) 193–229